3. The Ship
“It is better to travel well than to arrive.” - Buddha
The Ship Card Meaning
Whether positive, negative, or neutral, I know wherever the Ship appears, there is about to be a journey. The journey can be as small as a family vacation or as large as a career change. The cards surrounding the Ship let us know what kind of journey we may be in for and perhaps, where the destination is. Always look to the right of the ship for what may be experienced during the trip, transition, or move.
The Ship Card Combinations
Did the Ship card show up in your reading? Check out the card combinations below. Please note, there are almost infinite meanings for Lenormand combinations. These combinations below are interpretations I have discovered over the years. The context can change EVERYTHING so use these meanings as prompts for your intuition to sing with the context of your question. I can't stress enough how important context is!
THE SHIP + (CHOOSE FROM BELOW)
Rider (1) = Rapid/fast travel, a quick trip
Clover (2) = A blessed trip, lucky trip
House (4) = Moving house, typically to a new home, family vacation
Tree (5) = Growth/personal journey, trip for health purposes
Clouds (6) = Misfortune on a journey
Snake (7) = Travel plans not going as expected, destination not what was expected
Coffin (8) = Trip ending, movement stops
Bouquet (9) = A pleasant trip, a gifted trip
Scythe (10) = Accident, a cancelled trip
Whip (11) = Moving toward conflict, disagreement over direction/distance
Birds (12) = Transformation regarding communication, discussion of a change
Child (13) = A new journey
Fox (14) = Planning a trip, a work related change
Bear (15) = Change in leader, a financial change, traveling with a mother or boss figure
Stars (16) = A future trip
Stork (17) = A positive trip, change for the better
Dog (18) = Traveling with a friend
Tower (19) = A solo trip, a change regarding an institution/career
Garden (20) = A travel destination, exploring a social scene
Mountain (21) = Travel/movement is blocked, delays
Crossroads (22) = Coming upon a decision,
Mice (23) = A stressful transition/trip
Heart (24) = A romantic trip, a transition in love
Ring (25) = A commitment to transition, a cyclical change (a change that keeps happening)
Book (26) = Discovery during change, a secret trip
Letter (27) = Travel paperwork/logistics
Man (28) = A man affects travel
Woman (29) = A woman affects travel
Lilies (30) = A leisurely trip
Sun (31) = A very happy journey
Moon (32) = A romantic trip
Key (33) = A smooth/successful transition/trip
Fish (34) = Many trips, cash on a trip, an abundant journey
Anchor (35) = Staying put (putting down your anchor)
Cross (36) = A difficult/painful transition
Example Spreads with the Ship
My current home has a lot of issues. What is my best plan of action when it comes to this home?
Count your losses and move. (House + Coffin) show to put an end to where you currently live. (Ship + Key) shows that there is success in moving on.
There’s talk of changes happening at work. What may I experience over the next few weeks?
There’s likely to be some transitions in terms of leadership which causes uncertainty and anxiety.
I’m about to go on the trip. How will the travel go?
There will be some challenges/delays but ultimately, these will be cleared and your trip will be positive overall.